Prime Perk Alert: Amazon cancels 20% off video game preorders, replaces with credit
Announced this week, Amazon will no longer offer a 20% discount on game preorders as of August 28, 2018. On August 28, Amazon will start offering a $10 promotional credit with full-priced preorders, hitting user accounts after the order has been fulfilled.
There are some caveats. The $10 offer will be available on “select” preorders instead of all preorders. This means Amazon will pick and choose which preorders will receive the credit.
In addition, Amazon has up to 35 days to send the credit to a user’s email address. Once the credit is received, the user has to spend it on Amazon within 60 days or the credit expires.
It’s likely that Amazon’s shift in this discount policy is related to the discontinuation of Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked program. That service also offered a 20 percent discount on preorders and was replaced with a similar $10 credit system on select games, pretty much identical to Amazon.
Interestingly, several popular, upcoming titles are currently unavailable on Amazon for preorder including games like Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s possible Amazon is holding off on preorder functionality on some titles until after August 28th.
You can still find the preorder discount on titles like Fallout 76 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, ideal if you want to save more money than the $10 credit. The 20 percent discount will be available on all video game preorders for the next week.